Greenwich Village Restaurant Apocalypse, Summer 2012
The summer months in general, and August in particular, must be the most successful period for restaurants in certain parts the city. In Greenwich Village, the streets are thronged with free-spending tourists, and nearly every café can commandeer extra sidewalk tables that draw customers who don't care how hot it is or even what they're eating. But, ironically, there seem to be far more empty restaurant storefronts than usual in this historic part of the city, just when the highest volume of tourists is arriving. (Remember that in many European countries, employees still get the entire month of August off.)
Here are shuttered spaces in the Village. Want to start a restaurant?
Currywurst Bros., a German sausage chain at 182 Bleecker Street, found the customers running in the opposite direction. You won't be surprised when you see why.
The former KFC-Taco Bell at 331 Sixth Avenue has never recovered from the rat infestation . . .
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